Governor Cuomo says the state will decide on each school’s fall reopening during the first week of August.
Final guidance is currently being drawn up with the help of stakeholders and will be released by Monday (July 13), with official reopening plans due from each district by July 31.
Cuomo says state officials will then review each plan between August 1-7 and make individual determinations on whether or not districts may return their students to physical learning.
“We have been consulting all stakeholders on guidance for how a school would reopen in September. We have 700 school districts in this state, and they range from rural to urban to suburban areas. Localities are very involved in their schools and school decisions, so we have been meeting with them,” Governor Cuomo said. “A week can be a lifetime with this virus because everything changes so quickly. The schools say they need a decision made by the end of the first week in August so they can then turn on the switches and get everything ready for September, and we’ll look at the data in that first week and then we’ll make a decision
Many area colleges – including SUNY Cortland and TC3 – have released plans to used mixed learning this fall that consists of both online and in-person classes.
Students will also be sent home for Thanksgiving break to complete the remainder of their semester online, including final exams.
Gov. Cuomo also confirmed yesterday that shopping malls can reopen tomorrow in Phase 4 regions, as long as they’ve installed a special HVAC system capable of filtering out COVID-19 particles.
Destiny USA officials say the mall in Syracuse will be opening under these guidelines.
The governor also cancelled all county fairs until further notice, after determining the same fate for the New York State Fair earlier this week.
Cortland County had already cancelled its Jr. County Fair prior to yesterday’s announcement by the governor.